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And our car of 2014 is...

The BMW i8!

"The i8 is a milestone in the annals of automotive history and a glorious statement for an exciting and positive future. The i8 delivers - and then some.

It's the kind of car we should celebrate, a beautiful vision of the future, delivered now. A car that tells us the future will be different, but still exciting. The i8 never places its technology in the way of simple enjoyment, and, despite the complexity of that mixed-media drivetrain, it's all so easy to use, so natural, so right. And it has flip-up doors. Nothing says excitement like a set of beetle-wing portals.

We could have named the i8 Green Car of the Year, but it's so much more than that. It's Top Gear magazine's Car of the Year. It's the BMW i8."

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but take the price tag away for a sec, as i car it looks very nice but its not really a good ev 15/20 miles to small
 

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I test drove about a month ago. Two full charges on my Schneider wallbox and it still only returned 32mpg over the day. Quick but not fast. A beautifully crafted thing though. Pricey, but a dirt - cheap alternative to a 918, a P1 or an LaF! A car for the short - commute London - dweller who wants to enjoy the thrash to his weekend retreat with mistress in tow. Bit like Clarkson then:D
 

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Superb looks and build but not much of an EV though with such a limited range.
Very overpriced when compared with what Tesla are offering on their latest S.
Now if they offered a full electric only i8.
 

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Full press release from BMW below...

The BMW i8 has been named as Top Gear magazine’s global Car of the Year 2014. The plug-in hybrid performance vehicle beat off some stiff competition from a host of other premium and luxury manufacturers to win the overall award.

The editorial team of Top Gear commended the BMW i8 for its breadth of abilities. Its 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine combined with an electric motor gives searing acceleration and driver enjoyment but all wrapped in a package that takes BMW’s EfficientDynamics philosophy to the extreme courtesy of CO2 emissions less than 49g/km and a 135mpg combined cycle figure.

Charlie Turner, Editor in Chief at Top Gear magazine, said: “The BMW is a milestone in the annals of automotive history and a glorious statement for an exciting and positive future. The i8 delivers – and then some. It’s the kind of car we should celebrate, a beautiful vision of the future, delivered now. It is a resounding success for the BMW i8 and the whole team were unanimous in naming the BMW i8 as Top Gear magazine’s Car of the Year.”

Top Gear magazine is one of the most influential global motoring and lifestyle magazines and, in addition to the original UK publication, has 31 international editions. Its website has 5.5million users a month while its YouTube channel has 3.9million subscribers and its Facebook page has nearly 24million fans.

Dr Ian Robertson, BMW AG Management Board member for Sales and Marketing BMW, said: “We always knew the BMW i8 was going to be a game changing vehicle and the strength of orders shows just how desirable this car is for customers. Prestigious awards such as this one from Top Gear magazine prove that it has global recognition within the industry too. In 2015, both the i3 and the i8 will play their part in ensuring we build on our market leading position as the world’s best-selling and most innovative premium car manufacturer.”
 

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Oh my. Now there's a turn up for the books. Clarkson & possé voting up yet another car the man in the street cannot hope to ever drive or afford. Given it's made in a country we once were at war with, akin to Argentina, did it also sport anything by way of a xenophobic registration plate? :p
I think this is from Top Gear Magazine, so Clarkson & co. probably had nothing whatsoever to do with it.
 
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